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Female Athlete of Week: Perea a ‘special and gifted player’

Name: Caranda Perea

School: Altoona Area

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Perea scored 57 points in three Altoona wins. She had 27 in a 73-31 rout of Carlisle, 19 points, including five 3-pointers, in a 57-46 road win over Harrisburg, and 11 points in a 54-35 win over Central Dauphin. In the three games, she had 15 rebounds, 12 assists and 12 blocks.

Season update: Perea averages 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 blocks per game.

Coach Miriam Colledge’s quote: “Caranda is truly a special and gifted player. She is an explosive, pure shooter with incredible form and range who has the ability to shred the opposition in a very short time. Once she gets going, she is virtually unstoppable, and with her ability to block shots, rebound and read defenses, a player like Caranda is at the top of every coach’s wish list, so our program is incredibly fortunate to have an athlete like her. Being an elite scorer can also come with its own set of rules. Often, she becomes “the hunted” and attracts a great deal of constant, defensive pressure which can be very frustrating at times. Caranda has done a remarkable job of absorbing this attention for the benefit of her team and is still able to average double figures in spite of it. She has labored in the gym since elementary school to perfect her shooting, ball-handling and strength and conditioning.”

Favorite teacher: All of them

Favorite subject: History

Favorite movie: “Inside Out”

Favorite food: Thai

Favorite song: “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee

Outside interests: Watching movies, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: L.A. Lakers

Favorite college team: George Washington

Pro athlete most admired: Kobe Bryant

Best athlete I ever competed against: Mike Reed

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom

Proudest athletic achievement: Having the opportunity to play Division I basketball

How I got my start in basketball: “My mom bought me a Little Tikes basketball hoop when I was 3.”

Future goal: Winning states

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